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Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | June 17, 1987 | Trade Paperback

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A secret world of their own


Jess Aaron's greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new kid, a new girl, boldly crosses over to the boy's side of the playground and outruns everyone.

That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. It doesn't matter to Jess that leslie dresses funny, or that her family has a lot of money -- but no TV. Leslie has imagination. Together, she and Jess create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits. Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.31 in

Published: June 17, 1987

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0064401847

ISBN - 13: 9780064401845

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.31 in

Published: June 17, 1987

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0064401847

ISBN - 13: 9780064401845

About the Book

In this classic novel, the friendship between young Jess and Leslie grows as they meet in Terabithia--their secret hiding place--and only ends with the tragic death of one of them. Set in contemporary rural America, "the story is one of remarkable richness and depth, beautifully written."--"The Horn Book." 1978 Newbery Medal winner; ALA Notable Children's Books of 1976-1980.

From the Publisher

A secret world of their own


Jess Aaron's greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new kid, a new girl, boldly crosses over to the boy's side of the playground and outruns everyone.

That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. It doesn't matter to Jess that leslie dresses funny, or that her family has a lot of money -- but no TV. Leslie has imagination. Together, she and Jess create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits. Then one morning a terrible tragedy occurs. Only when Jess is able to come to grips with this tragedy does he finally understand the strength and courage Leslie has given him.

About the Author

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. Ms. Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing, including National Book Awards for The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly Hopkins, as well as Newbery Medals for Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia. Ms. Paterson lives with her husband in Vermont. They have four grown children.

From Our Editors

This Newbery Award-winning story is as profoundly affecting now as when it was first published in 1977. Jess Aarons has practiced all summer to be the fastest fifth-grader at Lark Creek Elementary in backwater Virginia. But on the first day of school, Leslie Burke, the new girl who isn't even supposed to be on the boys' side of the playground, beats him. She beats everyone.

That's the end of Jess's running dream, but the beginning of many others. Leslie is Jess's new neighbour, the only child of two writers who have moved to the country to "reassess their value structure." They don't even have a TV. But everything that makes Leslie weird to the small-town masses makes her wonderful to Jess. She's so accomplished, so smart, so brave.

When Leslie suggests that they create a secret kingdom of which they would be the rulers, Jess is frightened, but intrigued. By just swinging over the dried-up creek bed into a shadowy part of the forest they call Terabithia, Jess becomes a king and Leslie a queen. Here, Jess doesn't worry about the school bully or his poor, squabbling family of sisters. Leslie opens a new world of independence and intellect to him. In Terabithia, he can talk aloud and be an artist and rule a kingdom. But when their reign comes to a tragic end, Jess must use the courage Leslie has helped to uncover in order to carry on.

Editorial Reviews

“Eloquent and assured.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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